Gil Anidjar

Gil Anidjar is a professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS).


Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Jewish Thought


Jews and Arabs, Political Theology, Race and Religion, Christianity, Rhetorical Exertion, Continental PhilosophyRecent


Religion 101, Freud and Derrida, Reading Orientalism


‘Our Place in al-Andalus’: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (2002); The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (2003); Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (2008); Blood: a Critique of Christianity (2014)


Jacques Derrida, Acts of Religion (2002)


Marc Nichanian, The Historiographic Perversion (2009); Peter Szendy, Prophecies of Leviathan. Reading Past Melville (2010)

Recent Essays

“The Enemy’s Two Bodies (Political Theology Too)” in Political Theology and Race, Vincent W. Lloyd, ed. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012) 156-173.

“Blood” in Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon 1 (December 2011), online at

“The Meaning of Life,” Critical Inquiry 37: 4 (Summer 2011) 697-723.